Going into last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, I, like many viewers, was led to believe it would be a night paying homage to the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient, Rihanna. For weeks, MTV and various news/blog outlets had been hyping up this year’s VMAs as a celebration of the island beauty. There was word that she would have this epic performance that would leave people breathless. And on top of that, it was announced that Nicki, Ariana, Future, and Ms. “Britney B*tch” herself would be headlining performances. So with this line up alone, I thought the VMAs would at least be better than last year. But then, oh but then, the rumors about Ye and Queen Bey began circulating. And that’s when I knew Rihanna’s spotlight was in danger of being stolen.
Let’s start with the VMA red carpet. So as a proud carrying card member of the Bey Hive, I’ll admit that Rihanna can sometimes give Bey the business on a red carpet. There have been times when I’ve had to say “ok Riri, you did that.” So if Ms. Fenty was going to start off the night on a good note, I expected her walk the carpet in an outfit that only she could pull off. Welp, she didn’t do that. Beyoncé on the other hand turned heads. While I’m still not necessarily a fan of the dress she had on, when paired with Blue Ivy, I’ll buy into the look. Plus, she had the Mothers of the Movement as her special guests. To be honest, her shutting down the carpet was the moment the VMAs became about her.
Now let’s talk about the actual main event. Rihanna’s opening was a little flat for me personally. Her makeup and hair looked great, but all that damn pink was distracting. I love the songs she performed, but I was still a little underwhelmed. However, up until the appearance of Mr. West, that was the most entertaining part of the night.
Mr. West is a genius. As confusing as his rambling can be, if you pay really close attention, he’s saying something. Last night, he was indeed saying something. But it wasn’t his speech that overshadowed Rihanna, it was that epic video. “Fade” deserves a round of applause, standing ovation, and every award possible in the very near future. Teyana Taylor almost walked away as the real MVP of the ceremony.
Whether you’re a man or woman, gay or straight, if you watched Teyana Taylor dance in that video, you were slightly turned on. Between her outfit, the dance moves, and the body, I got overheated. And it had nothing to do with the summer weather. She has become the epitome of body goals. I hope after that video premiere, that she finally gets the credit she deserves as an amazing talent. Heck, she wasn’t even in the building last night, and I was more impressed with her than any of Rihanna’s three sets from yesterday. That includes the last set where pop’s princess actually sang flawlessly (for her that is).
On to the performance of the night. Beyoncé Knowles Carter. How MTV gave her the opportunity to perform Lemonade on a night that was supposed to be about Riri, I just don’t know. I’m not complaining, because as a Beyoncé super fan, I was excited to see her. And her performance, as always, was in a lane of her own. The outfit changes, the “cakeage”, the dancing, the twerking, not to mention the vocals. I was here for all of it. If I had to critique anything, it would be the fact that Serena was there, but didn’t pop anything on stage during “Sorry.” Bey left it impossible for anyone to follow her. ANYONE.
Before I wrap this up, let me make it perfectly clear. I like Rihanna. I’ve long admired her for creating her own path in this music industry, and for her unwillingness to be molded into something that’s she’s not. However, if MTV was going to honor her with the most prestigious award of the night, they didn’t have to invite two of the biggest names in music to upstage her. Especially, Beyoncé. Queen Bey owned the red carpet, the stage, and heck the awards (given she won 8). So you all tell me, who this ceremony was really celebrating? That’s all I’m saying.